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Published:February 16th, 2013 22:20 EST
Rogue Meteorite Scores a Bullseye on Chelyabinsk, Russia

Rogue Meteorite Scores a Bullseye on Chelyabinsk, Russia

By Ron G Anselm

There has not been a lot of news coverage over the past decade of Meteorites slamming into our planet like they were a driver full of road rage paying back the last driver that just cut them off in traffic hitting them with their car.

Just like our world today; the world of science is also changing. We are now dealing with phenomenon`s we never knew ever existed and the big one lately being global warming. I mean, back when I was a kid and I am sure when a lot of you were kids, you or I never even had a clue what global warming was because back then scientists didn`t have a lot of knowledge about global warming and the effects of it were not as prevalent back then as they are today.

Our weather patterns are also changing like if our planet was a pregnant lady going through a hormonal rage. Last month, I remember hearing on the news and I believe it was Chicago was as frozen one day as if the city was an ice cube frozen solid in your ice tray in your refrigerator, people walking around the windy city as bundled up thicker with their parkas and heavy coats on than the Michelin tire man would be if he was inflated to twice his size. Then the next day in Chicago the temperature jacked up to the low seventies and people are out and about as if they were taking those romantic strolls along the shores of the beaches in Destin, Florida wearing sandals and tank tops. What a difference in our changing weather patterns of today.

Now, we are experiencing meteorites directly hitting our planet like our planet was a platoon of soldiers caught in a barrage of a mortar attack. On Friday a brightly lit meteorite zoomed across the sky perplexing drivers as they drove down the normally quiet and dark stretch of highway that sits out in what would be the equivalent of the boonies in the rural South in this country to the boonies in Russia, lit up the sky as if that area was a 1970s Disco Tech in full dance mode and SLAM! Crashed into the Earth rattling and shaking it as if it was memories of the Atomic bomb we dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan to end the war of all wars, World War II.

The shock wave from the impact of the Meteorite could be felt as far as 95 miles away. The meteorite made quite an entrance in our atmosphere traveling so fast as if it was a housewife late to her hair appointment, well maybe not traveling as fast as a housewife would if she were late to her hair appointment but the meteorite was traveling  about 30 km or 19 miles per second. It also left a scenic trail of white debris behind it that could be seen as far as 125 miles away.

The impact made quite a presence as car alarms went off, thousands of window shattered, and even Mobil phone networks were disrupted as the sonic boom of impact caught everyone`s attention.  Viktor Prokofiev who was part of the action commented on the event by saying, "I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it were day. I felt like I was blinded by headlights." (Prokofiev, V.)

The meteorite was said to weigh about 15,000 pounds about the weight and size of a small bus and when impacted had the same force as a small atomic weapon exploding. There were no deaths as a result of the impact of the meteorite but about 1,200 people were injured mainly as a result of the glass shattering in multiple buildings.

A bystander named Andrei, (refused to give his last name) commented on the meteorite impact as he was standing at a bus stop by saying, "I was standing at a bus stop, seeing off my girlfriend. Then there was a flash and I saw a trail of smoke across the sky and felt a shock wave that smashed windows." (Andrei)

I am sure a lot of people were very rattled by this because they probably had no idea of what the heck this thing that looked like something out of a past Star Trek movie streaking across the sky and had as much force as a 155MM Howitzer shell impacting the armor of an enemy tank, and then suddenly having the ground shake under your feet, your window getting blown out and so on would be the same confusion your mind would feel for a few seconds as if you were hit with the impact of a powerful right hook from a boxer.

The one mysterious point that has not been verified scientifically is that also around the same time there was also an asteroid flying by our planet very closely at around 17,400 miles away. Scientists are saying that the two occurrences do not have anything to do with one another but I sort of beg to differ.

Let`s look at why.

First, you have to understand what an asteroid is; an asteroid is a small planet basically zooming through our solar systems at speeds of more than what the mind can comprehend including NASA.

Second, a meteorite is a small rock that does the same thing. The rock or meteorite breaks off from some asteroid flying about in our solar system and takes off on its own. The asteroid that was flying by our planet the same day probably had the meteorite break off from it at some point in its flight and that meteorite probably was drawn in by our gravity in our atmosphere since it was probably flying close enough to get sucked in. This is just my hypothesis to why we had a meteorite strike hit our planet the same day we had an asteroid flying very close by but this is not confirmed by NASA and has no relevance.

As the meteorite hit there was small pieces that broke off and flew to wherever. One of those small pieces made its way to Cherbakul Lake near Chelyabinsk which had enough force to break through the solid ice and make a hole several meters wide.

Also, as with any out of the ordinary materials especially object that make their way here from outer space people want to go to the site of where they are and get a piece(A piece of the material that is not what you may be thinking)

One of those people named Vladimir commented on this by saying, "Selling meteorite that fell on Chelyabinsk!"  (Vladimir) So, what is the ongoing price for a piece of a meteorite in the market today? Around $49.46 U.S. dollars; a good way to make a little extra cash on the side.

So, as you take that stroll on the beach, ride your bike in the park, walk to work or just hang outside somewhere in your neck of the woods, keep an eye to the sky and brush up and your athletic skills to be able to move from one point to another at the speed of light because if you don`t and you get caught standing outside and you suddenly hear something coming at you from high above that sounds like you have a gust of air wishing by your ear you might as-well stick your head between your legs and kiss your tushy good bye because when it comes to meteorites, you just  never know when and where the next one may hit.

Reference

500 Hurt When ten ton Meteorite Explodes over Russia (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-russia-meteorite). Retrieved 2013.